Another foam shield emblem, I got the impression the lion in the crown was taken from somewhere and the antlers added after, the antlers were a little thin and flimsy after cutting. (svg here)
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Friday, 24 June 2016
Many moons ago I wrote about how I was trying to cut this shape and was failing, I don't ever remember writing about the success. I've cut dozens of them since then so here is the most recent stack of phoenixes, phoenixii (? would it be a flame of phoenix?)
Thursday, 23 June 2016
Tuesday, 21 June 2016
The big thing occupying my time currently is the vanilla box. I'm slightly outside my comfort zone with metal work but it's always good to learn new skills. We're getting the box CNC cut so I can already do the drawings but I'm learning about bend radii and powder coating etc. The case is made from sheet metal with bends in appropriate places and I'm able to make prototypes out of paper to make sure it all fits together correctly. Having these physical models really helps to visualise where everything is going to go.
Monday, 20 June 2016
A few weeks back I investigated various latching box mechanisms with minimal success, mostly it felt like they were trying to flex the material in the wrong direction which lead to snapping. I tried to make a sliding lid on this box to test a latching mechanism. The lid is a basic sliding lid but when it is fully closed, protrusions on the lid push the side walls out and latch it into the closed position. The walls flex with with the grain of the material so it is pretty sturdy and should last a long time. It's not the best box in the world because the lid is very tight anyway and it doesn't need to be locked into place but it's a successful test nonetheless. (svg here)
Sunday, 19 June 2016
Finally I tried a woggle with an image engraved onto it. The world scout emblem is readily available on the interwebz in vector format so it seems a logical choice. Leather can engrave really nicely if you get the power settings correct and this one picked out a lot of details. Dominic poppered it again for me.
That was my little detour into leather woggle making, here are the files if you want to make your own. (svg here)
Saturday, 18 June 2016
Making customised items is extremely easy with a laser cutter so putting text onto a basic woggle is simple to do. The text should probably have been smaller is it was more visible from the front but we can sort that next time.
I've done a minor bit of leather working in the past but I don't have any tools for it so I called Dominic in for support with these woggles. He had some poppers handy and the right tools for the job and was able to do it for me in minutes. The poppers come in 2 parts and there are 2 types so 2 different tools. The tool fits in or over the popper and the top half is hammered into the bottom half where they form one piece. Dominic also had a special dimpled 'anvil' to hammer into which helped with the curved poppers.
Friday, 17 June 2016
Eli has just joined the local Beavers group, it inspired me to laser cut up some leather and turn it into fancy woggles for their neck scarves. The first one is a very simple design but it's often referred to as a magic braid, the three strands in the design can actually be plaited to make a weave pattern. Many moons ago my scout woggle was like this so it was cool to actually make my own in the same style.
Thursday, 16 June 2016
Finally a fishy and if this seems fishy to you it's because I bought myself a weeks worth of blog items with a single night of drawing, all queued in advance so by now my future self will have made something a bit more involved. As promised here is a bundle of vector art for those shapes. (svg here)